Cape Town City boss Eric Tinkler believes his team should have wrapped up a Telkom Knockout semifinal spot in the first half, instead of a scrappy 4-3 extra-time win.
The City Boys started strongly and claimed a deserved lead eight minutes into the match, with Lebogang Manyama and Aubrey Ngoma combining to cut open the hosts’ defence before Lehlohonolo Majoro had an easy finish.
Just 12 minutes later, CTC doubled their advantage, with Ngoma setting up Bhongolwethu Jayiya to head home.
But on the stroke of half time, Baroka pulled one back after some sloppy defending and were level just before the hour mark.
In extra time, Given Mashikinya put CTC ahead with a brilliant freekick only for Mzwanele Mahashe to respond, but Manyama teed up Sibusiso Masina to drive home a low shot to win it 4-3.
Irritated by his team’s lapses in concentration, Tinkler told SuperSport: “In the first 25 minutes, we should have wrapped it up, to be honest, we should have had at least three goals.
“It then became a scrap; we got the lead again, then we defended poorly and lost the lead, and then right in the death we got the winner.
“Entertaining for the fans – before [the game] I spoke about the heat, and I think the game was ‘hot’ for the fans but not for us.”